Charges Recommended For Driver Who Smashed Into Rochester Store
Rochester, MN (KROC-AM News) - The Rochester Police Department has completed its investigation into a traffic crash that heavily damaged a local business in February and is recommending the driver be charged with a felony.
Police Captain Casey Moilanen says the report, which calls for 32-year-old Justin Kelley to face criminal vehicular operation charges, has been sent to the Olmsted County Attorney’s Office for review. Kelley was behind the wheel of a car that was traveling at a high rate of speed when it smashed into the back of the building that, for many years, was the home of the Saigon-Far East Asian Market along 18th Avenue Northwest. An early estimated put the damage to the business at about $200,000.
The vehicle was engulfed in flames when police officers arrived at the scene in the early morning hours of February 16th. The fire was being fed by a natural gas pipe that was severed in the crash, which sent Kelley to the hospital with suspected spinal injuries. His two passengers were treated at the scene. The police report on the crash stated that officers suspected alcohol was involved.
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